Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
March 16, 2017

School Violence and Bullying; Galesburg Water Update; Illinois Tornado Check-In

On The 21st: We learned about how the recent death of a Centennial High School student has sparked conversations about bullying, and had a wide-ranging discussion about the root of the problem and what can be done about it. We also learned about how the city of Galesburg has been trying to address lead in their water, and checked in with the LaSalle County Nursing Home about the last two weeks since a tornado touched down in their town.


The proposed Cronus site on the north side of the highway on March 21, 2016
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
March 15, 2017

Delays At Proposed Illinois Fertilizer Plant Put Tax Breaks At Risk

Cronus Chemicals will start losing part of its nearly $40 million in state tax incentives if its proposed $1.9 billion ammonia fertilizer plant in Tuscola, Ill., is not operating by July 2, according to tax credit agreements.


K.L. Cleeton addresses media inside Stratton Building.
WUIS
March 15, 2017

Rule to Get Rid of Home Health Care Overtime Advances

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new rules restricting overtime pay for home health aids passed a major test Tuesday. Starting August 1, caretakers will be limited to a 45-hour work-week. If people require more care, they’ll have to find an additional worker.


Developer Dionis Rodriguez and project manager Bill Walsh pose with a suit of armor in the Urbana Landmark Hotel
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
March 14, 2017

Developers Make Case For Renovating Urbana Landmark Hotel

The developer who wants to renovate downtown Urbana’s Urbana Landmark Hotel made a presentation before the Urbana City Council Monday night. Dionis Rodriguez and his development firm Crimson Rock Capital have big plans for the 94-year-old building that closed last year --- but only if the city is ready to provide some financial assistance.


State Representative Carol Ammons of Urbana
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
March 13, 2017

Ammons, Bennett Talk Budget At Town Hall Meeting

More than 100 people filled the Carpenters' Local 243 Hall in Champaign to get an update on the budget impasse, and ask questions of State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).


House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capit
Susan Walsh/AP
March 11, 2017

Congressional Healthcare Bill Response Tracker

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin meets with Dr. Bill Gorski on March 10, 2017
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
March 10, 2017

Durbin Meets With Rockford-Area Healthcare Leaders About Repeal Plan

Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act. Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes. A panel of Rockford-area healthcare leaders met with Illinois’ senior Senator on Friday.


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